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Solent Skills Festival and Jobs Fair to be held at City Cruise Terminal in Southampton
IT is the annual event aimed at boosting the employment prospects for thousands of people across Hampshire.
Employers, colleges and organisations will pitch up at Southampton’s Cruise Terminal today for the Solent Skills Festival and Jobs Fair.
The event, which is expected to attract more than 4,000 young people and adults throughout the day, begins with a skills festival for secondary and further education students.
It has been organised by Solent Education Business Partnership (EBP) with help from the European Social Fund and local authorities across Hampshire.
Those attending will have the chance to interact with more than 125 exhibitors with a range of tasks including painting and decorating, horse riding simulators, bricklaying, carpentry, and catering.
The Daily Echo will be on hand throughout the event, giving budding reporters an insight into the fast-paced and exciting world of newspaper journalism.
The jobs fair follows the festival where more than 60 exhibitors, ranging from employers to careers advisers, will give jobseekers advice about their next steps into employment.
Exhibitors expected to attend the event include a number of construction firms, including Crest Nicholson Regeneration, Lovell, Warings, Geoffrey Osborne Ltd, and Midas Construction.
The five employers hope to fill a total of 161 roles and 123 work experience placements during the event.
Maureen Tomlinson, deputy chief executive at Solent EBP, said: “There will be a number of organisations offering jobs, opportunities and information on how to get jobs online.
“We had even more employers wanting to take up stalls as the adverts went out.
“We will have construction companies doing developments in Southampton and Eastleigh there, and we will have colleges giving advice and guidance.”
“There are courses available for people not in work to help them improve their employment chances.”
The skills fair runs from 9am-2pm, when the jobs fair will follow.
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